Tinkerbell’s Top Picks for Show and Tell

If you have a preschooler like I do, you’re probably familiar with show & tell.  Your kid brings something in.  She shows it to the class.  She tells the class about it.

I often wonder how Tinkerbell describes her show & tell item.  At home, it’s more like this: “It’s my doll and I like to play with her.”

Well, today was show & tell day.  And pajama day.  Which we love.  But that’s a story for another day.

I’m starting forget already what we’ve already taken for show & tell.  But we still have half of a year left, so we’re going to have to come up with more ideas.  The trouble is getting Tinkerbell to pick something she hasn’t shown before.  Well, here are her top go-to items when show & tell rolls around:

  • Ty Beanie Babies: Cats one day, monkeys another day–this will last you quite a while
  • Dolls: Tinkerbell has taken in her LaLaLoopsy dolls already
  • Stuffed Animals: If you have a plethora of stuffed animals like we do, this will last you a while–but take notes, because you’ll forget which one you’ve taken in already
  • Pets: One little girl brought in her guinea pig, which was definitely a hit.  The important thing to remember about taking pets is to ask the teacher ahead of time.  There may be extreme fears of animals or allergies.  We don’t want that.
  • Special Keepsakes: We’ve only done this a couple of times, but each time we make sure we know what’s going to the school, and if it’s fragile we make sure we give it to the teacher and get it back from the teacher
  • Books: Favorite books are always a good show & tell go-to if you can’t think of anything else
  • Crafts: Some kids love arts and crafts and will love to show the class what they’ve done at home.  This morning we considered taking a craft that the kids did at church last night. Just keep in mind that if it’s not secure, it might fall apart during travel

Now that you have figured out what you’re going to take, you’ll probably want to apply a couple of rules for your child’s show & tell item.  We always tell our kids the following:

1. The item stays in your bookbag until show & tell.  Don’t play with it before show & tell, because it could get mixed up with other toys or we’ll forget about it entirely.

2. Take it out for show & tell only and put it right back in afterward.  Don’t take it out after show & tell.  We apply this rule for the same reasons as #1.

What are your favorite go-to show & tell items?

The Best Free Android Apps for Kids (According to us!)

If you haven’t already noticed, there is a plethora of apps out there nowadays.  So many people are using tablets, touch-screen phones, iPods, and other devices and there are so many choices for apps!  Educational apps, game apps, potty training apps (yes, I’ve used this one!), silly apps, dumb apps…you get the idea.

Well if you’re like me, you can’t just spend oodles of money on apps for yourself, let a lone your kids!

If you’re having trouble deciding and want to keep things at a minimal cost, here’s what we recommend:

Coloring Book App and Coloring Book 2 (Lite) App


ColoringBook and ColoringBook 2 (lite)
Coloring Books: What more can you ask for?  Pick a picture and color away!


Fish Farts Kids AppFish Farts Kids
No, I’m not kidding.  My kids will sit there for at least 5 minutes (many times longer than that!) playing this game.  Pop the bubbles or press the fish to make them fart for points.

Kid Mode
Kid Mode AppThis is by far my favorite app!  Set safety features, change preferences.  Tons of games and videos tailored for the age of your child.  They can even send you video messages and vice versa at no cost!  Limit which characters your child can view and read more books for a nominal price.  My kids would play for hours on this app if I’d let them.

Kindergarten Math Lite
Kindergarten Math (Lite) AppThis is a very simple game and not really attractive, but it helps teach younger children about adding, money, and various other math skills.  Rapunzel loves this app.


Littlest Pet Shop
Littlest Pet Shop AppI don’t really like this game for me, but my kids love it!  They can pet, feed, and play with the animals, buy new animals, buy new homes.  I just make sure they don’t buy anything with real money.  My little girls are always bugging me to play this one.


My Little Pony
My Little Pony appThis is actually one of my favorite apps, and I play it all the time.  Sad, but true.  I won’t let the kids play this one because they spend my coins.  (Terrible mom, I know.)  When I did let them play this one, they did love it.  Rapunzel likes to play “ball” with the ponies the best.  Oh, and spend my coins.

Piano Perfect App

Piano Perfect
Simple, yet entertaining.  Kids can press the keys or play along with a song–without banging on the keys (that’s the best part)!

Sight Words AppSight Words
Another simple app, this one shows sight words.  Better than flipping cards, if you ask me!


Sudoku Fun
Sudoku Fun AppThis game is seriously addicting!  When I first played it, Prince Charming couldn’t understand why I couldn’t stop playing–but there are so many levels, you just can’t help but beat them all.  He finally downloaded the app, and now he’s worse than I am!  If you like Sudoku, this is a good one.  Older kids love it as well.  Best of all, if you bomb a level, you can do it over.  🙂


Unblock Car
Unblock Car AppThis is another app that can keep you going for quite a while.  Move the cars around to make way so you can get your car out of the parking lot.  Use as few moves as possible.  This one is also good for the older kids.

What’s your favorite free app?